Trump Will Have To Break The Law To Pass His Budget

U.S. President Donald Trump called Monday for a $54 billion annual increase in defense spending, describing the 10 percent jump as a "landmark event", a message aimed at assuring the world of "American strength, security and resolve".

"We are going to do more with less and make the government lean and accountable to the people", Trump said.

The president said a revved up economy could help fund military spending as well as spending cuts at the Environmental Protection Agency and State Department.

More details will come in Trump's speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night.

The new budget "will include a historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the [US] at a time when we most need it".

The transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, says she is reviewing self-driving vehicle guidance issued by the Obama administration and urges tell a sceptical public about the benefits of automated vehicles. Trump said the budget "puts America first by keeping tax dollars in America".

Congress is not mandated to follow Trump's budget plan and in the coming weeks Republicans on Capitol Hill are expected to call administration officials to Congress to explain their proposal.

In 2015, for example, USA foreign aid procured 57 million antimalarial treatments, including 21 million preventative treatments for pregnant women.

There are indications that the spending on the environment regulatory body and foreign aid disbursed by the state department will see a cut. "I say to the Republicans if you really want to do politically something good, don't do anything". Those details will emerge from negotiations between Trump budget officials and the civilian agencies, which have been asked to propose ways to tighten spending.

"It is clear from this budget blueprint that President Trump fully intends to break his promises to working families by taking a meat ax to programs that benefit the middle class, " said Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer of NY.

More than 120 retired USA generals and admirals urged Congress on Monday to fully fund U.S. diplomacy and foreign aid, saying that "elevating and strengthening diplomacy and development alongside defence are critical to keeping America safe". The full budget proposal will be presented in May, according to Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Trump's proposed cuts have already been met with concern inside the federal government's bureaucracy.

  • Larry Hoffman